Addressing Health Disparities
Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations in Jails

Senator Stabenow
On December 6, 2012, in Washington DC, COCHS, the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) and and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invited leaders from public safety, community health, health plans, racial and ethnic advocacy groups, philanthropy, and all levels of government to explore the intersection of health reform and criminal justice.
Racial and ethnic minorities historically have encountered substantial and persistent disparities in healthcare. Given the anticipated growth of minority populations, and the passage of health reform through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), it is more importantand more feasible than ever to address these disparities.
During the conference attendees, heard and participated in panel discussions organized around four themes: Medicaid expansion, case study of California, experiences from other early adopter states, and envisioning the future.



Steve Rosenberg, President, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services

Nancy Barrand, Special Adviser for Program Development, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Gary Puckrein, Preside and CEO, National Minority Quality Forum

Can Medicaid Expansion Mitigate Health Disparities in the Criminal Justice


Michael DuBose, CEO, COCHS

Arthur Walenstein, Director of Corrections, Montgomery County, Maryland

Vanetta Abdellativ, Director of Clinical Integrated Services, Multnomah County Health Services, Oregon

Kavita Patel, Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Brookings Instituton

Case Study: The California Experience


Elwood York JD, Former Director of Pretrial Services, 16th Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida

Steven Rosenberg, President of COCHS

Patrick Duterte, MS, Director Health and Social Services, Solano County, California

David Muhammad, Chief Executive Officer, Solutions Inc.

Experiences from Other Early Adopter States


Allison Hamblin, Director, Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

Carlessia Hussein, RN, DrPH, Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Diparities, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Kari Armijo, Health Care Reform Manager, Medical Assistance Division, New Mexico Department of Human Services

Thomas L Johsno, President and CEO, Medical Assistance Division, Medicaid Health Plans of America

Envisioning the Future and Closing Remarks


Steve Rosenberg, President, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services

Louis E. Baxter, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, Division of Addiction Services, Department of Human Services, New Jersey

Lucy Perez, MD, President and CEO, The Cave Institute

Gary Puckrein, Preside and CEO, National Minority Quality Forum